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TitleHead first? The causes, consequences and relative importance of head injuries in urban crashes
AuthorsMcLean AJ
Year1981
TypeConference Paper
AbstractThe frequency of head injury in a representative sample of crashes in the Adelaide metropolitan area is presented in relation to the type of road user and the type of accident. The accident risk factors that are particularly associated with head injuries are discussed. The nature and severity of the head injury is then related to the characteristics of the object struck. The consequences of these head injuries are presented in terms of the duration of hospitalisation and subsequent period of restricted activity together with the extent of any residual disability. These measures are compared with those for injuries to other body regions to indicate the relative importance of injuries to the head in an environment of compulsory seat belt wearing and helmet wearing by motorcyclists. The paper concludes with a discussion of the possibilities and priorities for the prevention of head injury in urban traffic accidents.
PublisherAmerican Association for Automotive Medicine
Publisher CityMorton Grove
Conference Name25th Annual Conference of American Association for Automotive Medicine
Conference AbbreviationAAAM
Conference LocationSan Francisco, USA
Conference Date1-3 October 1981
Page Range15-27
Page Count13
Notesavailable from CASR library on request

Reference
McLean AJ (1981) 'Head first? The causes, consequences and relative importance of head injuries in urban crashes', Proceedings of 25th Annual Conference of American Association for Automotive Medicine, pp 15-27.